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Dante’s Inferno | by Willie Huang Photo
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Dante’s Inferno

This was one of the best weeks of shooting I’ve had in recent memory. The low San Francisco fog returned earlier this week and then there was this explosion of light on Wednesday. Leading up to Wednesday, several people informed me of impending thunderstorms in the Bay Area. The entire time I thought, will it really happen or are the weathermen overly optimistic? This time, the weathermen were spot-on.

    

All day the sky looked promising but by late afternoon, the drama really began to unfold. The conditions seemed to constantly change, cloudy one moment and sunny the next. Where to shoot? After discussing back and forth with Jave, we decided against SF and the coast in favor of our local spot. It ended up as quite the party here with Aaron, Lukas, and Wilson all in attendance.

    

Soon enough it became apparent the sky was going to explode. I could see patch showers pouring down in the Santa Cruz mountains to the west. It totally seemed like I was in the southwest watching monsoon sunsets as the showers turned into vertical rays of orange and red. Jave and I ran around like headless chickens looking for various compositions while making sure we don’t venture off onto soft mud. This evening was not epic, it was apocalyptic.

    

PS – This time it was Aaron’s turn sinking into the mud.

    

Canon 5D Mark II

EF 17-40mm f/4L

Singh-Ray reverse GND

    

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Taken on September 5, 2012